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WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3, 2022

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GENERAL SESSION
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3, 2022
9:00AM—10:00AM
Speaker Bio

Capt. Bobby Baker, Jr.

Retired, WMD-Hazmat Coordinator
Dallas Fire and Rescue Department

Presentation:
Technology and Talent, the Synergistic Combination to Secure Our Nation

Abstract:

The 9/11 report released by the 9/11 Commission gave our country and allies around the world a message that was unexpected and rather simple, yet powerful and lasting. The commission’s root cause analysis associated the events to the basic “lack of imagination” on the part of our nation’s national security and public safety organizations. Since that report was announced, many national programs have been released related to the prevention, protection and response to weapons of mass destruction.

In the assistance of integrating and engineering processes and tools of support in these primary mission pillars, Captain Baker will lead us through what he has researched and found to be the key functions in what is needed to more synergistically and efficiently quantify what exactly the future holds in today’s geopolitical landscape concerning the threat of weapons of mass destruction. Capt. Baker will speak on the importance of the overall national security mission in detecting, preventing and protecting against WMD, and how the technology of companies like Mirion, along with training and producing the talent from local and state organizations, must be supported synergistically and not autonomously in order to successfully meet this mission.

 


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GENERAL SESSION
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3, 2022
10:00AM—11:00AM
Speaker Bio

Dr. Timothy Koeth

Former Director, Nuclear Reactor and Radiation Facilities
University of Maryland

Presentation:
The Dark Cube: Hunting for Lost Nazi Uranium

Abstract: 1944 saw the height of the United States’ Manhattan Project effort, which was distributed between Los Alamos New Mexico, Oak Ridge Tennessee, and Hanford Washington. Since the Manhattan Project was spurred by the fear that Germany was building her own nuclear weapons, Allied anxiety continuously pondered the Nazi atomic progress. As Germany began to fall to the Allies, General Groves commissioned the military and scientific intelligence mission code-named Alsos. It was to be at the forefront of the defeat so as to immediately assess the German advancement towards an atomic bomb. Alsos uncovered what the Manhattan Project had feared, and had so rightly launched the American effort years earlier: the Germans had a two-year lead on the American nuclear program and being the birth place of nuclear fission, the Germans began with an incredible sprint of discovery. But, then they found, just as the Americans were getting their feet wet, the German program had miraculously slowed to an amateur’s pace. April 1945, in the sleepy village of Haigerloch, Alsos found the culmination of the German nuclear program: a failed reactor experiment, named B-VIII. It was on the scale of Enrico Fermi’s successful Chicago Pile 1. This incomplete nuclear reactor, built of 664 uranium cubes had come very close to criticality. What had happened? How did Germany miss the mark? What happened to the German B-VIII reactor? The United States acquired it; but what did they do with it?

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THURSDAY AUGUST 4, 2022

Jonah Morgan

GENERAL SESSION
THURSDAY AUGUST 4, 2022
8:00AM—8:30AM
Speaker Bio

Jonah Morgan

Radiation Protection Supervisor
South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company

Presentation:
Modernization of a Nuclear Power Plant, the struggles and the triumphs!

The South Texas Project Electric Generating Station is one of the newest and largest nuclear power facilities in the nation. STP’s two Westinghouse 4 Loop PWR units which produce 2,700 megawatts of carbon-free electricity, providing clean energy to two million Texas homes. Unit 1 was completed in March of 1988 and Unit 2 the following year in April of 1989. STP was one of the first nuclear power plants that started using Self Reading Dosimeters and Telemetry to monitor exposure for Radworkers in the 1990s and it was a huge success for the station in dose reduction and radiation protection. For 20 plus years, we used this equipment, well past its life expectancy, so in 2019 STP had an opportunity to modernize our equipment. It was decided that STP would start from scratch, new SRDs, ARMs, RCA Access Software, Electronic Survey Software, Telemetry equipment and software. This presentation will provide an overview of the planning, implementation, and lessons learned using Mirion products to better understand the struggles and triumphs to modernize a nuclear power plant to better protect the health and safety of the public and workforce in and around STP.


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Doug Van Cleef

GENERAL SESSION
THURSDAY AUGUST 4, 2022
8:30AM—9:30AM
Speaker Bios

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Doug Van Cleef

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Presentation:
What Is It, Where Did It Come From, and Why Do We Care?
A Snapshot of Process Monitoring Efforts at ORNL

Abstract:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, like its sister labs at Los Alamos and Hanford, has its roots in the World War II effort to produce fissionable weapons isotopes. Less well known but perhaps more significant for the current mission and legacy of ORNL is the production and distribution of ‘exotic’ isotopes for medicine, agriculture, industry, and research since 1946. The production and processing of these radioisotopes includes the handling of hundreds of additional isotopes, many of which are unique to ORNL. Much of the process and effluent monitoring for these efforts cannot be accomplished with standard instrumentation. This presentation will provide an overview of the facilities, methods, and isotopes produced at ORNL and the creative solutions ORNL is employing with Mirion products to better understand the process content and to protect the workforce, environment, and general public.


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GENERAL SESSION
THURSDAY AUGUST 4, 2022
9:30AM—10:00AM
Speaker Bio

Sean Fournier

Nuclear Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories Nuclear Incident Response Program

Presentation:
Overview of Laboratory Analysis Operations in the Nuclear Incident Response

Abstract: 
The US DOE Consequence Management (CM) program is tasked with maintaining a readiness to respond to any significant release of radiological material. This is accomplished by developing processes, procedures, and guidance for other federal, tribal, state, and local response organizations through several working groups. This guidance drives the development of training materials, various tactics, and tools that are used during the response. The CM program maintains a staff of responders that, when called into action, partner with other response organizations to form the Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center (FRMAC). The FRMAC has several elements that work together to address requests for information from incident stakeholders including a large field presence that assists with environmental and agricultural sample collection, control, and laboratory analysis. A high level overview of the CM program mission and structure will be presented with an emphasis on the radiological sample control and analysis activities of the FRMAC laboratory analysis unit. The purpose of this presentation is to raise awareness of the CM program and the challenges we face. The goal of the engagement is to inspire creative solutions and form strategic partnerships with the larger radiochemical analysis community.

 


Jeff Chapman

GENERAL SESSION
THURSDAY AUGUST 4, 2022
10:00AM—10:30AM
Speaker Bio

Jeff Chapman

Nondestructive Assay Scientist/Engineer
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Presentation:
Radiation Detection and Measurement in the Emerging Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Abstract: 
The nuclear fuel cycle is destined to change – significantly – over the next decade. In this presentation I will look at the existing Uranium-Oxide fuel cycle, and provide some thoughts on how I believe radiation detection and measurement will need to advance to support the growing Thorium fuel-cycle market and the fuel cycle to support advanced nuclear reactors, including TRISO (TRi-structural ISOtropic) particle fuel, High-Assay Low-Enriched Uranium (HALEU) fuel, and molten salt-fueled reactors, variants of mixed-oxide fuel-driven systems, to name a few.

 


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GENERAL SESSION
THURSDAY AUGUST 4, 2022
10:30AM—11:00AM
Speaker Bio

Dr. Bruce D. Pierson

Nuclear Engineer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Presentation:
High Gamma X-ray Coincident Spectroscopy

Abstract: 
Coincidence spectroscopy techniques have become more readily applied in tandem with traditional gamma spectroscopy in recent years due to the ubiquity of and cost reductions in high-performance computing and large programmable flash ADCs. One such area where coincident spectroscopy provides enhanced sensitivity is in the detection of low-yield fission products in the presence of complex high activity samples. Coincident gamma spectroscopy often leverages paired sets of high-energy gamma rays to ID and quantify single isotopes. One drawback to the technique is proportionality of the measurement rate to the square of the detection efficiency. This presentation will discuss the use of X-ray/gamma coincidence counting as an alternative method of trace analyte isotope quantification.

 

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John Wick

Director of Marketing

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John Dutton

President

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Laura Swan

CEO

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